Bells Beach, VIC/AUS (Sunday 2nd June, 2019): Finn Hill (Avoca, NSW) and Jasmine McCorquodale (Bateau Bay, NSW) have added their names to the Honour Role of the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles presented by Rip Curl today in perfect waves at Bells Beach.
The surfers, both from the NSW Central Coast, have been long standing participants at the event and have finally broken through for their maiden Open wins.
Hill progressed through the draw over the past 3 days with vigour, beating former champion Russel Molony as well as 2018 Masters Champion Anthony Hume on his way to the final where he eventually bested 2017 winner Otis Carey (Coffs Harbour, NSW).
“I’m stoked to get the win in the Open, said Hill. “I came down a couple of years ago and faced Otis in the final where he got me. I look up to him as a surfer and a person so much, I’m just so happy to get the win.”
Finishing on a heat total of 15.83, Hill locked in an excellent 8.33 score on his second ride to put Carey on the ropes early. Carey pushed back on his final two rides however ultimately fell short finishing with a heat total of 13.70.
“It was really fun out in the water. The vibes were relaxed, I think that is one of the best things about this event.”
“This event and everyone involved is like a big family. You never feel excluded or put out and everyone is so loving. It is one of the most incredible events in the country.”
Torquay surfer Jordie Campbell finished in equal third after being knocked out by Otis Carey in the Semi Finals along with Byron Simon (Forster, NSW).
Jasmine McCorquodale used her experience from attending the event in the past to get the win in the Open Women’s and take one of the closest finals at the event.
“I’m honestly still in shock,” said McCorquodale. “It was such a close final between me and Latisha, just to get the win feels awesome.”
Finishing on a heat total of 11.34, McCorquodale took the win in the final over Latisha Clark who finished in second.
Clark only required a 3.68 point ride to take the lead however fell agonizingly short on her final wave scoring a 3.63 and finishing with a heat total of 11.30.
“Everyone is so close at this event, it feels less like a competition and more like a family gathering. The vibe is amazing.”
“Summer Simon (former event champion) is such an inspiration, to finally break through the barrier and win is awesome.”
Bohdie Simon and Jarrah Clark finished in third and fourth respectively.
The Masters division (Over 35) was equally as hotly contested with some of the stalwarts of the event going head to head in the small clean waves.
Coming out on top for his first ever event win was Scott Winch (Sandon Point, NSW) who finished with a heat total of 14.34 to beat former event winner Robbie Page (Kempsy, NSW) who finished on 11.00 points.
“It’s a privilege to win such a prestigious event for Aboriginal people. I surfed in the first ever Indigenous Invitational event in 1996 and came second and I’m just stoked to finally win one!”
“Coming up against guys like Pagey (Robbie Page) is such a privilege. It pushes you and makes you lift your performance.”
“Surfing is such an important vehicle for our mob to be able to have proper functioning lives. Half of the kids in juvenile justice are Aboriginal and this event is so important to move forward into the future as a Aboriginal community.”
Matt Molony (Bataeu Bay, NSW) finished in third place with Wayne Carberry (Shoalhaven, NSW) in fourth.
Winning the Longboard Division was Matt Molony who finished on 16.27 heat total. Coming in second was Mitch Keighran (Mullaway, NSW)) with Robbie Page and Donny James in third and fourth.
The Junior Divisions saw Finn Hill and Summer Simon claim wins. Whilst the Elders Expression session saw Donny James claim the win with Brook Silvester in second.
Full Results, video and photos for the event can be found at www.australianindigenoussurfingtitles.com
The Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles is presented by Rip Curl and supported by the Victorian Government, HeadSox, the Surf Coast Shire, VicHealth, Play it Safe by the Water, Wathaurong Cooperative, Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Atmosphere Events, Surfing Australia, ONABAC, VACSAL, Strong Brother Strong Sister and Surfing Victoria.
1st Finn Hill, 15.86
2nd Otis Carey, 13.70
1st Jasmine McCorquodale, 11.34
2nd Latisha Clark, 11.30
3rd Bohdie Simons, 6.44
4th Jarrah Clarke, 5.26
1st Scott Winch, 14.34
2nd Robbie Page, 11.00
3rd Matt Molony, 9.23
4th Wayne Carberry, 8.67
1st Summer Simon, 17.10
2nd Jasmine McCorquodale, 14.87
3rd Latisha Clark, 14.13
4th Kyra Simon, 8.37
5th Bohdie Simons, 5.87
1st Finn Hill, 15.83
2nd Taj Simon, 15.66
3rd Brandon Mercy, 8.94
4th Ryan Xureb, 4.86
1st Matt Molony, 16.27
2nd Mitch Keighran, 16.20
3rd Robbie Page, 11.37
4th Donny James, 7.90
Elders Expression Session
1st Donny James
2nd Brook Silvester
Rip Curl Outstanding Performer Awards